DALLAS COWBOYS 2013 NFL DRAFT: Alabama’s Chance Warmack can see himself with Dallas Cowboys

Chance Warmack - Alabama - participates in an offensive line drill during 2013 NFL Combine - Joe Robbins of Getty Images - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

With two draft analysts aligning Chance Warmack with the Cowboys and their pick at No. 18 overall, it makes sense to look for connections between the 6-2, 317-pound guard from Alabama and the Dallas franchise.

As was discovered in a talk Thursday with Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN-FM 103.3 in Dallas, he’s happy to think of himself with the Cowboys, even though he’s not keeping up with what the mock drafts are saying.

“I’m actually headed over there to Dallas in early April,” Warmack said. “We’re talking about America’s Team, you know? They have a lot of history. My favorite player actually played for the Dallas Cowboys. Larry Allen played for the Dallas Cowboys. So much tradition, just like Alabama in itself, on a pro level.”

When asked his thoughts on the current team, he seemed at ease.

“Excellent athletes, excellent program.” Warmack said. “The owner is great, he takes care of his players. The GM is great. The coaches are great so it’s a wonderful place to be at.”

Can he walk in the footsteps of the Cowboys’ great linemen? If that includes Larry Allen, it would be just another step in a career patterned after the three-time Super Bowl winner.

“He is one of the greatest, man,” Warmack said of Allen. “He’ll be inducted in the Hall of Fame in August. He’s on another level of playing the position, and I always try to seek the great players that play the same position I play. How can you not pay attention to a guy so exceptional? He’s a freak of nature. He gets it done all the time. It’s hard to pass up watching a guy like that.”

RELATED:  Chance Warmack to visit the Dallas Cowboys

NFL teams are allowed 30 visits from prospective draft picks.

The Dallas Cowboys are still finalizing their list, but according to a source, the team has scheduled a visit for Alabama guard Chance Warmack.

ESPN NFL Draft expert, Mel Kiper projects Warmack to go to the Cowboys at No. 18 overall.

At Alabama’s Pro Day, Warmack didn’t lift, but based on reports, did a good job during positions drills.

“I’m athletic and trying to show what I can bring to the table if anybody wants to draft me,” Warmack said in quotes released by Alabama. “I’m really excited to just get on a team and get started with football, but just to show what I can do and show what my strengths are.”

Adding Warmack upgrades the Cowboys interior which struggled in 2012. Currently, the starters at guard are Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau and the center is Phil Costa.

There are several guards along with Warmack who are seeing their stock rise in the draft as a result of Pro Day and combine workouts.

“I’m really not paying attention to the stock thing so much as just trying to improve myself as a player,” Warmack said. “I didn’t get a chance to do much at the combine, so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do the drills here, and that’s what I did. I’m happy I did it.”

RELATED COVERAGE: TOP OFFENSIVE LINE PROSPECTS: Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft ranking worksheet

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

COLLEGE

GRADE

Warmack, Chance

OG

6’2″

317

Alabama

95.9

Joeckel, Luke

OT

6’6″

306

Texas A&M

94.3

Fisher, Eric

OT

6’7″

306

Central Michigan

93.3

Johnson, Lane

OT

6’6″

303

Oklahoma

92.9

Warford, Larry

OG

6’3″

332

Kentucky

88.3

Cooper, Jonathan

OG

6’2″

311

North Carolina

86.9

Fluker, D.J.

OT

6’5″

339

Alabama

85.5

Watson, Menelik

OT

6’5″

310

Florida St.

85.0

Armstead, Terron

OT

6’5″

306

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

84.0

Thomas, Dallas

OT

6’5″

300

Tennessee

82.7

The Boys Are Back Top Ten offensive line prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. Click HERE to see the full list.

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